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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
What Do Our Learning Spaces Say about Us As a University?

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We have an industrial model of education that treats students as widgets. We determine capacity of classrooms based on the minimum space per student possible, and not based on pedagogical purpose or quality. We bolt seats down facing forward, defining the possible kinds of teaching. We talk about what technology goes into the classrooms at Penn State, but we do not talk about the classroom as a technology itself. If we want to create a modern university, we need to reimagine what our students are doing in class, not just with computing technology, but also with the technology of the classroom. For the past year, our team has been considering questions about learning spaces at Penn State: a) how can classroom data be used to make better choices about design; b) how can we develop ways of describing classrooms to allow faculty and students to make better choices about where they take their classes; c) what data/information do we need to have a serious conversation about learning spaces on campus; d) how can we use all this to inform the design of the first classroom-specific building to be built on campus in almost 25 years? In this interactive session, we will engage the community in a conversation around the value of learning spaces, what the Penn State community wants from them, and what we want to know about the spaces around us so we can create a twenty-first century student-centered university.

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Scott McDonald

Associate Professor, Penn State
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Chris Millet

Asst. Director, ETS, Education Technology Services, TLT, ITS, Penn State University
Manager of Educational Technology, Penn State University

Bart Pursel

Faculty Programs Coordinator
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Mike Rook

Postdoctoral Scholar, Krause Innovation Studio
Postdoctoral Scholar at the Krause Innovation Studio (201 Chambers Building)

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 109

Attendees (35)